Pay TV Operators


Akado adds Dozhd’ TV

Russian cable operator Akado has begun broadcasting Dozhd’ TV. The channel, which airs a mix of news, culture and factual programming, will be available in Akado’s Mix and HD packages.

Star Capital reportedly looking to acquire Tele Columbus

Private equity company Star Capital is looking to buy German cable operator Tele Columbus, according to local press. FT Deutschland has reported that the UK-based group, which already owns German cable operator Pepcom, is in negotiations to buy Tele Columbus. Pepcom, which was acquired last year, has about 630,000 subscribers, while the much larger Tele […]

Sky Deutschland narrows losses, increases revenues

Sky Deutschland reduced its losses and increased revenues in the second quarter of the year. The German pay TV operator reported second-quarter after-tax loss of €53.6 million, compared to a loss of €81.9 million a year earlier. Revenues were up 17% year-on-year to €276.7 million. Operationally, Sky added 33,000 customers during the quarter meaning first […]

PBS to launch UK channel in November

PBS, the US Public Broadcast Service, is to launch a channel in the UK on November 1 on the BSkyB pay TV platform. PBS has secured a licence from media regulator Ofcom for the channel, which will be managed by Richard Kingsbury, previously the head of thematic channel provider UKTV’s Good Food and Yesterday channels. […]

Swisscom TV growth continues

Swisscom ended June with 512,000 TV customers, 200,000 more than at the same time last year. The telco said the number of people signed up to triple-play bundles including the Vivo Casa offering that combines fixed-line telephony, internet and TV had reached 300,000. The number of broadband customers in Switzerland was up 5.8% to 1.6 […]

Scandinavian Canal Plus to launch new HD channels

TV4 Group-owned Scandinavian pay TV service Canal Plus is to launch new HD channels in the autumn. Canal Plus First HD, an HD version of the group’s most popular film channel, will launch on August 19. Another HD version of an existing Canal Plus movie channel, Canal Plus Hits HD, will launch in October. Canal […]

Kabel BW to carry ProSiebenSat.1’s HD channels

German cable operator Kabel BW will offer ProSiebenSat.1’s HD channels SAT.1 HD, ProSieben HD, Kabel Eins HD and Sixx HD on its platform from Monday August 15. The German broadcaster has renewed its carriage deal with Kabel BW that, as well as the addition of the HD channels, will add pay TV channels Sat.1 Comedy […]

Sky Italia nears five million

Sky Italia added 57,000 new subscribers in the three months to the end of June, taking its total to 4.97 million, the pay TV operator’s highest subscriber count to date. Sky added 230,000 customers over the year to June. The company generated fourth quarter operating income of US$145 million (€100 million) for parent company News […]

Edonys protests CSA decision on wine channel

France-based international channel Edonys, which deals with all aspects of wine and viticulture, has accused media regulator the CSA of discriminating against its plans to launch another wine-based channel in France. Edonys has alleged that CSA member Catherine Laborde has expressed her opposition to the creation of such a channel in the media, which is […]

TDC sees record VOD buys in July

Danish telco TDC Group, which also owns cable operator YouSee, said that July was a record month for its video-on-demand service, with a total of over 140,000 movie rentals in the course of the month. The figure represents double the figure for July 2010, a month characterized by much finer summer weather than this year. […]